Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

A prolific writer, Heinrich Böll is best known for his novels, many of which might better be called novellas, like his first two, Der Zug war pünktlich (1949; The Train Was on Time, 1956) and Wo warst du, Adam? (1951; Adam, Where Art Thou?, 1955). Other novels include Und sagte kein einziges Wort (1953; Acquainted with the Night, 1954), Billard um halbzehn (1959; Billiards at Half-Past Nine, 1961), and Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum: Oder, Wie Gewalt entstehen und wohin sie führen kann (1974; The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum: Or, How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead, 1975). In addition, he frequently wrote essays, statements, radio plays, translations, poems, and dramas.